eNews : June 2017
Rooted in Place
Photo of glacial erratics
A family leaves a legacy for future families

Since 1771. Before the American Revolution. That's how long the Weston family owned this Temple, N.H., farm. "It's been in the family for so long I would not want anything to ever happen to it," Priscilla Weston said.

So it was a bittersweet decision to put the farm up for sale... 

"When we see land as community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect." - Aldo Leopold
Farm & Garden Program Connects Kids with Nature
Photo of kid gardening by Katrina Farmer
Seeking kids and volunteers!

We're excited to announce our partnership with the Cornucopia Project and Four Winds Farm to bring our Kids Connect! youth summer program to Peterborough for students in grades 3 to 6. Learn more and download a registration form on our website.

You can volunteer as extra hands this summer, to support staff and make this program outstanding. The commitment is for only 2-1/2 hours twice weekly from July 17 through August 17.

Brake for Turtles on the Move
Photo of snapping turtle by Norman Spicher
It's nesting season for snappers

You can help snapping turtles safely cross the road. Carefully grab the tail end of the shell, but don't pick a turtle up by its tail. Such a large turtle, measuring 8 to 14 inches in length and weighing up to 70 pounds, lays 20 to 40 eggs. The hatchlings emerge in 80 or 90 days (approximately mid-September). Here we share a video with more tips of how you can help.  

Each Coin Counts!
Photo of field by Norman Spicher
Local grocer program benefits Conservancy
 
During June, shopping at Nature's Green Grocer Market & Café in Peterborough can be a fundraiser for the Conservancy too -- at no additional cost to you. When you spend $50 or more, you'll receive a wooden coin to deposit in the box labeled "Monadnock Conservancy" on your way out of the store. The Conservancy receives a donation for the total value of the coins deposited in the box .

Photo of Ryan Owens by Alyssa Salerno
Every day, more and more research is published linking the importance of time in the outdoors to the alleviation of many childhood physical and mental health issues such as obesity, ADHD, chronic stress and PTSD.
 
Like many land trusts across the nation, the Conservancy is finding that we can play a role in solving these issues. Our Kids Connect! program is one example -- getting children active on conserved lands in Fitzwilliam and Peterborough. Here's to summer fun!

Ryan Owens
Ryan Owens
executive director
603-357-0600, ext. 103
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Photos by Eric Aldrich, courtesy Weston family, Katrina Farmer, Norman Spicher (2) and Alyssa Salerno.
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Monadnock Farm & Community Coalition New Hampshire Land Trust Coalition Land Trust Alliance